🚄 Could high-speed rail curb America’s addiction to cars?

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Good morning! At this point, it’s no longer news that technology such as AI algorithms can bake racial bias into an array of elements relating to life in America, from hiring to social networking to policing. But Jenn Stroud Rossmann and B.R. Cohen argue that this fact isn’t a new twist imposed by modern technology but rather the continuation of long-standing dynamics dating back to the creation of the country’s original network: the railroad system built in the 19th century. The authors, who are both professors at Lafayette College, delve back into history to explain why “addressing digital racism requires excavating that past.” Read the full story here. 
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tech
The roots of digital racism date back to 19th-century railroads

Addressing the inequality baked into today’s algorithms requires excavation of technology’s layered history.

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impact
Puerto Rico could rebuild its power grid with renewables, but FEMA plans to fund fossil fuels

FEMA has allocated $9.4 billion for rebuilding Puerto Rico’s electricity system after Hurricane Maria. The proposed plan would build new natural gas-fired power plants.

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career evolution
If you’re struggling at work, use these tips to tap your true passion

Read this if you’re about to quit your job and go YOLO, and you want to know what to do with all your time and figure out how to make meaning or have fun.

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Could high-speed rail curb America’s addiction to cars?

Developers behind the private rail company Brightline hope sophisticated design helps sell the public on high-speed rail travel.

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recommender
Pattern Beauty promises to restore natural curls. Here’s how it worked on my hair

I was skeptical that Tracee Ellis Ross’s haircare line would give my coils the hydration they need. I shouldn’t have been.

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co.design
Black children are almost 6 times more likely to drown than white children. Segregated pools are to blame

A new exhibition portrays the lasting effects of segregated swimming pools in America.

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Hollywood is on the brink of a massive work stoppage because of the streaming wars

The fight for subscribers among Disney Plus, Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max is at the center of the looming Hollywood workers strike.

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co.design
Forget old men on horseback. This is what the monuments of the future will look like

New York City’s Union Square has long been a center of activism and social justice. A new exhibit continues that trend.

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mindfulness at work
Your brain needs you to focus on one thing at a time

Though a healthy alternative, monotasking will take practice to master—especially if you’ve spent years multitasking.

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Behind the scenes at Nike’s brand-new LeBron James Innovation Center
Four and a half years in the making, Nike’s new 750,000-square-foot LeBron James Innovation Center in Beaverton, Oregon, marks the first time the company has ever combined apparel, shoe design, and athlete analysis all under one roof.
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